DMcG 
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Re: “'Religious Freedom' Measure Should Look Familiar to Idaho Statehouse Watchers

So you'd be in favor of a Jewish printer being required to print Skinhead newsletters? You'd want Muslim butchers to have to process pork sausage for everyone who demands it?

There's a profound difference between "serving" people, and being compelled to do whatever they demand. The baker makes generic cakes and pies, and sells them to all who come along, no questions asked and no one is hurt. The baker also makes wedding cakes for traditional ceremonies, in alignment 5000 years of tradition. The baker is asked to make a cake celebrating a gay wedding, and politely declines on account of his unwillingness to go against his faith. Suddenly that is a violation of the customer's rights? I don't think so. The baker has never offered to make such a cake for anyone. He doesn't make pineapple chocolate avocado cake, either.

Freedom as we have includes the freedom of religion, the freedom to choose one's associates, the freedom to say "no." Someone's simple desire for a particular cake does not override my freedoms. In a free society, I am not required to celebrate the lifestyle choices that others make.

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Posted by DMcG on 03/30/2015 at 12:51 PM

Re: “UPDATE: Idaho Senate Stalls Sweeping Tax Reform From House Majority Leader

Can't say I am a fan of rising gas taxes, having just left California where the Dems have now tagged the people with a new $0.75/gallon "cap and trade" tax on gas, but I'll survive seven cents a gallon especially if the payoff is elimination of sales tax on food, which I think is an awful idea. I agree that taxing food is about the most regressive tactic one can take, and we ought to be better than that.

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Posted by DMcG on 03/25/2015 at 12:43 PM

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